October 20, 2011

Does "Smart Music" make listeners smarter?


Lak (which stands for Life and Knowledge) is a brilliant, versatile lyricist devoted to staking his claim on hip-hop and taking it to new and exciting levels. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he began rhyming in the fourth grade. Growing up in the center of hip-hop’s golden era ofthe 1980s, when true lyricism dominated the airways, Lak was inspired by thelegends of that era – Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, KRS-One and EPMD.After listening to Lak flow, it’s easy to assess that he is the new version of an oldschool hip-hop tradition. He captures the heart of what hip-hop was built upon –realism and passion. 

Smart Music creates high-quality educational hip-hop music.  Their blend of educational lyrics and underground hip-hop beats makes learning fun, accessible and more modern for a new generation of young people who are drawn to real hip-hop music.  

Their new CD, Lesson One: Hip-Hop and Education, uses rap lyrics and today's hip-hop beats to teach students politics, African and African-American history and more. 

A true entertainer, Lak is known for his stage show that hypnotizes audiences with intense rhymes, ill metaphors and a rousing delivery. He was an on-air personality at Rutgers University’s WRSU-FM 88.7 where his nightly “Led-Lak Show” was voted the number one radio spot on campus, and he has performed in countless shows and rap battles and has appeared on numerous underground mixtapes. He has also been featured as a guest on several radio and television shows including CBS Radio and BET.

Lak earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a specialization in Africana Studies and Labor Studies from Rutgers University.

October 19, 2011

Keith King of LEAP talks Drug Prohibition empowering cartels

Keith King joins us for LEAP day! Keith was in law enforcement for 37 years. He got his start before the war on drugs began. He served in the United States Coast Guard for 24 years in various capacities including as a watch officer in Miami and at Coast Guardheadquarters in Washington, DC, retiring as commander. He also provided 13 years of service to the state of Hawaii, both in the judiciary and the enforcement branch of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

“What we are doing is not working,” Keith says.“We’ve literally handed over control of the drug trade to cartels and organized crime. I’ve witnessed from the very first year of the  war on drugs that this approach has not worked. And as long as we keep doing the same thing the same way, we will continue to get the same results.

”Keith strongly disapproves of drug use but feels that regulation is the only way to control them. “The only marijuana I ever touched was samples of evidence in seizure cases,” he says, “but some sanity needs to get interjected here. To control this plague, we have to resort to legalization, regulation and taxation.”

U.S. Supreme Court closing doors on justice

Has the U.S. Supreme Court closed courthouse doors on legitimate civil and constitutional rights as well as government whistleblower claims? Black Talk Radio's Scotty Reid hosted a panel discussion on a shift in the courts that are leaning way from protecting civil liberties, constitutional rights and whistle-blower protections.


  • Dr. Stephanie Williams J.D, is as an international human rights law advocate, an independent consultant on human rights issues, and a global grassroots organizer-activist with more than fifteen years of experience in her field. She has assisted victims of rape, torture, botched honor killings, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, domestic violence, hate-crimes, child abuse, environmental injustice and repressive regimes. 
  • Mr. Tom Devine is Legal Director of Government Accountability Project (GAP). He has been with GAP since January 1979. Mr. Devine has been a leader in the campaigns to pass or defend 20 major national or international whistleblower laws, including every one enacted over the last two decades. These include the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 for federal employees; seven breakthrough laws since 2002 creating the right to jury trials for corporate whistleblowers; and new U.N., World Bank and African Development Bank policies legalizing public freedom of expression for their own whistleblowers.
  • Mrs. Zena Crenshaw-Logal is CEO for both Nat. Forum On Judicial Accountability and POPULAR, Inc. She serves on the Legal Advisory Board for "Fallout Shelter", a political action group, and the Managers' Board for OAK, a national coalition of grassroots advocates. Mrs. Crenshaw-Logal is author of “The Official End of Judicial Accountability Through Federal Rights Litigation: Ashcroft v. Iqbal”, 35:1 Am. J. Trial Advoc. (forthcoming 2011). The article is currently available at Bepress.
  • Professor Kylar W. Broadus serves on the Board of Directors for National Black Justice Coalition. He is an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he serves as chair of the business department. Mr. Broadus has maintained a general practice of law in Columbia, Missouri since 1997. Formerly, Professor Broadus served as State Legislative Manager and Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group.

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October 17, 2011

How do you get justice in an unjust system?

With so much corruption in the justice system, how does the average person find justice?

To discuss this problem Black Talk Radio's Scotty Reid welcomed three guest, all of whom have spents decades working within and against an unjustice and corrupt system.

Guest included:

  • Judge DeAnn Salcido (ret.) Judge DeAnnSalcido describes herself as "America's 1st Whistleblower Judge", having named names and filed proof of judges and deputy district attorneys "willfully failing to follow the law in Domestic Violence cases." She was appointed to the Superior Court of California in 2002 and retired in 2010 amid threats of discipline linked to her "no nonsense" courtroom demeanor. A favorite quote of Judge Salcido is "(w)ell behaved women seldom make history." And history she intends to make as founder of JAWS, the emerging "Judicial Action Watch Society."

  • Attorney Zena Crenshaw-Logal Attorney Zena Crenshaw-Logal worked as a civil trial attorney for more than a decade before becoming a full-time judicial reform activist in 1998. She co-founded and is Co-Administrator of NFOJA, "National Forum On Judicial Accountability." In that capacity, attorney Crenshaw-Logal authored the soon to be published law review entitled "The Official End of Judicial Accountability Through Federal Rights Litigation: Ashcroft v. Iqbal." She strives through NFOJA to get past debates on judicial integrity with workable solutions to help ensure America’s judiciary is unbiased, remains faithful to the Constitution, and follows the rule of law.

  • Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg (ret.) Retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg is nationally known as a civil rights law enforcement icon after winning a 1998, landmark $4-Million Title VII discrimination verdict in Fogg v US Department of Justice/US Marshals Service before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A federal jury found the entire USMS guilty of operating a 'racial hostile environment' against all African American deputy U.S. marshals nationwide. In 2008, Mr. Fogg received the NAACP prestigious 'Barrier Breakers' award which states; "Americans who blazed paths for generations to follow", noting Mr. Fogg's valiant, maverick stand against all odds, behind the infamous blue-wall-of-silence inside the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Pastor Omar Wilkes Detroit Police says indictment of officer not enough

The shooting death of 7-yr-old Aiyana Jones seems to have faded from recent memory but a new development in the case was announced earlier this month on October 4. In a press release, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced that two people had been indicted in the case where 7-yr-old Aiyana was shot through the head when Detroit Police raided her home searching for murder suspects. Black Talk Radio spoke to Pastor Omar Wilkes, a New York City activist who helped organize a group and protest in Detroit shortly after the death of Aiyana Jones to get his reaction to the indictment.

Wilkes believes that the U.S. Justice Dept must investigate and that other officers were involved and should be charged.